The comic book adaptation Atlantis Rising, has found itself a screenwriter. According to THR, Joby Harold is close to finalizing a deal with Dreamworks, to write the screenplay for the film. Atlantis has already landed itself a director in the form of Mr. Underworld, Len Wiseman. Joby Harold previously wrote and directed the 2007 crime thriller, Awake.

In “Atlantis,” an underworld civilization is discovered after seismic rumbles announce its presence. Hostilities with Earth’s land-dwellers ensue.

“In all the classic versions of this kind of movie, the threat is always from the stars,” Orci said. “The idea that it’s somehow our cousins who went off in a different path of evolution who have been here, literally, underneath our oceans. … That’s fascinating, the idea of secrets right under your nose.”

The newly independent DreamWorks hopes to have “Atlantis” — envisioned as a big-budget, effects-driven sci-fi war movie in the vein of the James Cameron-directed “Aliens” and “The Abyss” — in theaters as a summer 2011 tentpole. Paramount will have an option to co-finance and co-distribute the film should it go into production as part of the separation agreement the studio signed with DreamWorks.